9 to 5 Mac reports that it has heard from a source that Apple has been providing developers at high-level iOS gaming companies with new prototype iPhone models based on the A5 system-on-chip found in the iPad 2. The developers are said to have been given access to the devices, which look exactly like the iPhone 4 from the outside, to assist them in preparing for advanced graphics and computational performance available with the new chip.

They already have select developers working on versions of their iPhone applications that take full advantage of the next-generation iPhone's speedier and much more powerful hardware. These developers, seemingly from high-level gaming outfits, have been given what is essentially an iPhone 4 but with an A5 processor instead of an A4. The device itself is virtually identical to the iPhone 4, and there is no way anyone can tell it's not an iPhone 4 based on the phone's exterior.

The source is reportedly calling the prototype iPhone an "iPhone 4S" in a nod to the iPhone 3G-to-iPhone 3GS transitioned, but that appears to be an unofficial name. The souped-up iPhone 4 is also said to reside in a company safe when not in active use, an understandable move given Apple's penchant for secrecy.

The report notes that this A5-based iPhone isn't necessarily the next-generation iPhone rumored to be released in September, but may simply be a sort of mid-stage custom upgrade to give prominent developer partners access to hardware performing at nearly the same level as we will see with the fifth-generation iPhone. Apple is of course expected to pack in other new features such as an upgraded camera and presumably a world-mode wireless chip for the next iPhone, but those features are apparently not included on these development units.

  • qwerty007

    First
    Anyways, can't wait for the next iPhone iteration

  • YoureAMessy

    Awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

    Wow, I am so completely surprised at this news :P

  • Rshkhsee

    Get CAVE on that shit!

  • http://twitter.com/CrimsonPaw Ryan Curry

    I "guess" this is good news, but I'm not convinced that the best games on the i-device are taxing the existing processor. Yeah you can throw better graphics at it, but I'd rather someone create a new standard for input aside from "virtual sticks". I'm sure someone will do something amazing with the power though ...

  • http://twitter.com/CrimsonPaw Ryan Curry

    I "guess" this is good news, but I'm not convinced that the best games on the i-device are taxing the existing processor. Yeah you can throw better graphics at it, but I'd rather someone create a new standard for input aside from "virtual sticks". I'm sure someone will do something amazing with the power though ...

  • http://twitter.com/Carmine_Justice anthony simmons

    guess the 4 inch screen rumors arent true. or apple wouldve given them devices with it for the same testing purposes.

    • http://twitter.com/MindJuiceMedia Ken Carpenter

      That conclusion does not follow at all from the existence of this device. A slightly larger screen with exactly the same resolution doesn't need to be given to game developers.

      Seeing how far you can push the envelope with a massively faster CPU and (presumably) improved graphics like the iPad 2 is definitely useful for them though.

  • http://twitter.com/Carmine_Justice anthony simmons

    guess the 4 inch screen rumors arent true. or apple wouldve given them devices with it for the same testing purposes.

  • Ukspike010

    could be called the iphone a5 ( as its got an a5 chip) but the iphone 4s does sound like the correct one

  • Creepshow

    No nod to the existing thread I've already had up and running in the forums on this eh?
    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=90595

    • isheep

      Must you be an attention whore all the time?

  • lukwtwz

    Next they play on a must, a front side bus.

  • SMP

    I actually have this A5 iphone right now. I'll probably put up a video of me showing it off, and yes, it is very likely that a lengthy gunfight will ensue ending with me doing a 180 dive from my house as it explodes.

    • SMP

      If somebody from apple is reading this, I do not actually have anything. Please do send Rainbow Six to my doorstep, because again, I do not have anything worth gunning me down for.

      • SMP

        Wait, I mistyped! DO NO SEND RAINBOW SIX AFTER ME! DO NOT!

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Facepalm

  • Anonymous

    This makes no sense. Why would apple give delevlopers and iPhone 5, when the iPad 2 is out and already has the A5 chip. Deleveopers could easily design the game the iPad at screen rez of the iPhone 4/5
    Unless apple is adding something new to the iPhone 5 that the iPad does not have.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      ...Like a Retina Display?

      • Anonymous

        Like I said the iPad 2 can display the iPhones resolution fine. I just don't see apple giving iPhone 5's out, especially after what happen with IPhone 4 leak